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Travel tips and  information about Costa Rica

Despite its diminutive size Costa Rica is a study in contrasts and contradictions. The diversity of its ecosystems, crammed  into a relatively small area, makes it a rewarding place to explore.

On one coast it fronts scenic Pacific shores, while only 119km away lies the Caribbean coast, with a range of bubbling volcanoes and tumbling streams in between. The country's mountainous spine is a land of chilled peaks clad in impenetrable cloud forests, while in the midst of the highlands is the Central Valley, a fertile plain and dense population centre that contains four of the country's five largest cities.

And then there's the wildlife… Nowhere else in the world are so many types of habitats squeezed into such a tiny area. In terms of number of species per 10,000 sq km, Costa Rica tops the list of countries at 615 species, compared to the United States with a mere 104.

At the hostel's front desk you will be able to ask more about national parks , local reserves and protected areas you can visit

Driving the open road

Renting a car is a wonderful way of travelling from coast to coast, especially if your time in the country is limited. The freedom and flexibility of having your own wheels allows you to break free from the shackles of infrequent public transportation.

The roads vary considerably, from double-lane paved highways to single-track dirt-and-mud affairs. Add to the mix rocky landslides, sudden flooding, patches of fog and herds of cattle, any and all of which necessitate the importance of defensive driving.

But if you came to Costa Rica looking for adventure, fear not as the open road never fails to disappoint. Narrow, winding mountain passes climb high into the clouds, while backcountry jungle tracks test the limits of your navigation skills.

If you want to rent  a car  go to our  tours and transfers and you can request all the information about it and  make  your reservation online as well

Classic itineraries

For days on end of sun, surf and sand, cruise along the Central Pacific Coast for back-to-back beach towns dedicated to the pursuit of hedonism. Further south in the Osa Peninsula, you'll find Costa Rica's most pristine and rugged wilderness.

Heading east into the highlands provides opportunities to scale soaring mountains, trek through humid rainforests and soak your cares away in remote hot springs. For an urban dash of humanity, the cities of the Central Valley are rich cultural hotspots.

Spanish gives way to English, and Latin beats change to Caribbean rhythms as you reach the other side of Costa Rica. While slow and steady travel has its merits, devoted road warriors can swim in both the Pacific and the Caribbean in a single day.

If you need   advice on any destination that we do not have a hostel yet do not worry we are  very proud to be costarricans  so we know the country from top to bottom and  once you  check in in any of our hostels we will gladly help you find your way all over the country.

Practicalities

International flights arrive at Aeropuerto Internacional Juan Santamaría, just northwest of San José, in the city of Alajuela. Aeropuerto Internacional Daniel Oduber Quirós in Liberia also receives flights from the USA and Canada but they are more expensive so is better to fly into sanjose.

Incase you are renting a car , booking a tour  or  getting a transfer from one destination to another make sure  you do it with us ,since  we are the only network of hostels  in the country  we get the best deals from  travel agencies , car rentals and transportation companies because of the amount of people that use our network as their way to travel  book now

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